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Roy Halladay wins in return to Toronto

Jul 2, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay walks to the bullpen prior to starting against his former team the Toronto Blue Jays during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

Roy Halladay was victorious in his return to Toronto this afternoon, tossing a complete game (what else?) as part of a 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.

Halladay threw 110 pitches en route to his major-league leading sixth complete game of the season. He scattered eight hits while striking out eight and walking just one. The Phillies’ ace is now tied Jair Jurrjens for the National League-lead with 11 wins and has taken over the major-league lead with 131 strikeouts over 136 1/3 innings.

The Phillies actually trailed in this game entering the top of the seventh inning, but Chase Utley put them in front with a two-run homer off left-hander Luis Perez. Halladay was given an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning on an RBI single by Shane Victorino.

Halladay had to endure a long wait before pitching in the bottom of the ninth because reliever Jon Rauch got into it with home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez following Victorino’s single. The 6-foot-10 right-hander had to be restrained by a few members of the Jays’ staff, including his manager John Farrell, who actually ripped his jersey off. Watch in glorious GIF form here. Farrell was eventually tossed himself for continuing the argument over the strike zone.

Jose Bautista hit a long solo home run to center field off Halladay in the fourth inning in a losing cause. He now has the MLB-lead with 26 home runs.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 2, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    The Jays had a very valid argument about the strike zone. Marquez was constantly giving Philadelphia the call on close pitches. I was listening to a caller on a radio show who claimed that on a ball/strike monitoring system when Philadelphia was hitting,10 pitches that were strikes were called balls compared to only 1 strike that was called a ball when the Jays were hitting.

    Congratulations to Doc. He pitched well. Congratulations to Bautista who is clearly over his slump.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 2, 2011 at 5:10 PM

      proudly crying about balls and strikes again…

      • cur68 - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:46 AM

        doucheyharry1971 being a douche again . . .

  2. deathmonkey41 - Jul 2, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    I like how the media is trying to play it like the Blue Jay fans gave a huge standing ovation for Halladay. Everyone knows they were just excited after it was announced that Ross Gload would be playing first base. Seeing superstar players you normally wouldn’t see is what gets fans pumped about interleague play.

  3. MightyMoonWorm - Jul 2, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Just like yesterday’s game, this was a pretty exciting back-and-forth affair. Gotta love Rauch trying to assault the home base ump after he got tossed. Of course, after that whole mess the ump gave the Jays a questionable strike call in the next inning. Nothing like a makeup call to validate the game.

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 2, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Doc Halladay to Toronto: “I’m your Huckleberry”

  5. xmatt0926x - Jul 2, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Stop whining about the strike zone. Like every opponent that Maddux and Glavine had didnt know that they would be getting the outside strike 3 inches off the plate. It’s human nature. All the stars get the Jordan calls.

  6. paul621 - Jul 2, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Props to Marquez for not running away from Rauch… I know I would have. That guy is HUGE. I get that he’s pissed, but really, what was he going to do if his teammates didn’t restrain him? Yell from closer? I know the popular call is to reign in the umps, but the physical showmanship (and really, it’s just show) of the players is getting a bit over the line.

  7. proudlycanadian - Jul 2, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Marquez was in the wrong. He missed far too many calls. He should review the tape of the game.

  8. yourenuckingfuts - Jul 2, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    It was a beyond obvious strike 3 that was blown.

    And it was funny how Marquez didnt want to talk to Rauch or even look him in the eye, yet had no problem getting into Farrells face aggressively after Rauch was gone.
    And people who obviously didnt see the 3-2 pitch need to try commenting on things they actually witnessed.

    • Rooster Amaro - Jul 2, 2011 at 7:04 PM

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 2, 2011 at 7:39 PM

        Nice one Rooster. The Jays and their fans do not have an issue with Doc.

      • Rooster Amaro - Jul 2, 2011 at 8:09 PM

        Proudly: I’m a diehard Phillies guy, and even I’ll agree that strikezone calling was BS. But Rauch’s temper tantrum was crying for some internet meme attention. <3 the Jays and Bautista. When the Phils leave town, we leave in peace.

  9. deathmonkey41 - Jul 2, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    I hate the whole “pitchers earn strikes” nonsense. It’s either a strike or it isn’t. I don’t care if it’s Rauch or Cliff Lee throwing it.

  10. FC - Jul 2, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    Considering Howard got screwed on a bogus check-swing strikeout with the bases loaded, I think Karma balanced everything out.

  11. macjacmccoy - Jul 2, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    “”When the first one didn’t get called, I was a little upset, but you get back on the bump and you try to make a good pitch the next pitch. But when the next one didn’t get called, I was pretty frustrated,” Rauch said. “Having an umpire affect the outcome, it’s frustrating. You’re doing everything you possibly can to do your job and to have somebody else affect the outcome of it, it’s just not pleasant”

    Sorry Jon but you have no clue what your talking about. Saying someone effected the outcome implies that if it didnt happen the results of who won and who lost would have been different. Like the Tuck Rule game or the Calvin Johnson rule game in the NFL last year. Those calls decided the outcome of the game what you were complaining about today didnt. The Score was 4-3 when the pitches in question happened. Even if you got every call your way and the inning ended right there and the Phillies didnt score another run that inning your team still would have lost. Those calls didnt take away your teams ability to score another 1 which no matter what happened you needed to do if you were going to win. But you didnt . All those calls would have meant is that your team would have lost by 1 run instead of 2 but the outcome would have been same. Which is a Phillies win.

  12. Chris Ross - Jul 2, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    VIt was really nice to see Roy Halladay get the reception he deserved in Toronto. He was the classiest player an organization could ask for. In his time on a sub-par team he never complained or asked for a trade unlike some other Toronto players we could name. He deserved to go to a great team in the Phillies and get all the opportunities to win a championship because if anyone deserves the chance it is Roy Halladay. I definitely think best of luck to him and his super team of pitchers.

  13. cur68 - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:59 AM

    Great game, lousy umpimg. Meh; that’sabaseball, right? If anyone didn’t predict Farrell getting into it with Alfonso Marquez, then they weren’t paying attention to the fact that Camp, Rauch’s replacement from the pen, was ice cold. Hadn’t had a chance to properly warm up. All Farrell was doing was buying time so his pitcher could get more time on the mound before facing a batter. I bet the ejection was deliberately earned so he could then vent his spleen on Marquez then drag out the venting so as to get Camp some throws. Nice piece of work there, John Farrell.

    Was good to see Harry Leroy Halladay III. He was always a class act and real gent while with the Jays. I’m glad he’s on a winning club.

    Next up; Mr. Clifton Phifer “Cliff” Lee. The Beaver Boys got no chance against him, either. Deep sigh…

    • yourenuckingfuts - Jul 3, 2011 at 12:02 PM

      “got no” ahhhh American educational system at it’s best
      Love the comma after “him” as well.

      • cur68 - Jul 3, 2011 at 12:46 PM

        Ayup. Me rites reel goods, eh? At leest bein a pedantic condescending ass doesn’t number amongst me problems, n’est pas? BTW: apply some logic, whaddya say? A poster commenting in favor of the Jays, which, if you possessed the reading level of a grade 6 student you’d be able to deduce, is probably a Canadian. Vive la différence! Woops, there I go with the condescension, en français aussi…alors.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 3, 2011 at 12:48 PM

        If you’re going to call someone out on grammar, you might want to do it using, you know, proper grammar.

        You have no punctuation at the end of your first sentence, which happens to end with a contraction, and not the proper possessive. By the way, there is nothing wrong with a comma between him and either. Oh, and the “American educational system” to which you refer generally ends at the northern border of the US, and not into Canada.

        Bang up job there.

    • paul621 - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      Can’t you take as much time as you want to warm up after an ejection?

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